The material for making a 3D print mask costs only $150, but requires a detailed scan of the face of the owner of the iPhone X and a lengthy process by the artist.
A new Apple patent describes ways to improve the security of Face ID systems, which Patent Apple says is designed to thwart attacks on Face ID using masks.
A few months after the attack on the Face ID on the iPhone X, Apple applied for a new patent to ensure that the use of 3D print masks to break the Face ID would no longer work in the future. The patent application was made public this week.
At present, the objective of this patent is not entirely clear, because the patent application documents do not list any actual objectives, and the role of the new method is unclear. One possible explanation for patent application documents is that it requires facial movement, so the idea of blocking mask-based attacks seems feasible.
Face ID Security
Apple claims that face ID is safer than Touch ID fingerprint sensors. The probability of unlocking a mobile phone with any face is one in 1 million, and the probability of unlocking a mobile phone with Touch ID is one in 50,000.
But for some family members with similar faces, face ID is not safe enough. Apple warns that face IDs are more likely to be deceived by twins, siblings and their children.
Face ID is used more and more widely. Most banks and financial institutions support face IDs for landing their applications.